Moving house can be stressful but helping you move your broadband is just one way Spark can help make it easier for you. Some pre-planning always helps the move go smoothly so we’ve pulled together the following moving house checklist for you.

If you’re a current Spark customer then simply login to MySpark to action your broadband move in advance. We’ll make sure your Spark broadband is moved to your new home with as minimal hassle as possible. Book this in as soon as you can so you can tick this off your list.

If you’re new to Spark broadband then joining online is easy. Check out which broadband plans we offer at your place here. With Spark broadband you get even more of the good stuff. 1GB free public WiFi and Lightbox TV are standard on 12 and 24 month plans. Or take up a 24 month unlimited broadband plan and you’ll also get standard Netflix on us for a year!

  • Research and plan the best moving transportation. Are you doing it yourself with the help of friends and family, or would hiring a house moving company be easier for you?
  • Research storage facilities if necessary.
  • Check with your insurance company that your possessions are covered during the move.
  • Make a note of mail and suppliers to notify of your move, e.g. bank, insurance, dog registration, vet, doctors, newspaper and magazine deliveries, etc
  • Start collecting boxes. Some moving companies supply boxes or you can investigate buying moving boxes in bulk. Or consider using one of the many suppliers who rent reusable ‘eco-friendly’ boxes
  • To arrange for your existing Spark broadband to be moved to your new address, simply login to MySpark and complete your move online.
  • Book accommodation for your pets, or arrange for them to stay with friends or family on moving day if necessary.
  • Confirm with the real estate agent, or the landlord, the date and time you can take possession of the property. Make an appointment to sign any relevant documentation.
  • Notify providers of your new address and consider setting up a redirect service with New Zealand Post.
  • Contact your power and gas company to arrange disconnection at your old address and reconnection at your new address.
  • Arrange a final inspection with your landlord if you are renting.
  • Book house cleaners or make sure you have enough time to clean the property yourself.
  • Start packing your non-essential items, and plan when to pack the remaining items so you aren’t packing at the last minute. Make sure you have enough moving tape, bubble wrap and boxes for the remainder of your items.
  • Take any unwanted items to charity shops or sell them on Trademe to save you transporting items you don’t need to your new home.
  • If you have school age children who are moving to a new school, then request their school to transfer their records to the new school.

It’s crunch time and before you know it, it’ll be time to pack up and move. So, during the last few days you’ll need to:

  • Contact the real estate agent or the landlord of your new home to ask them to leave a list of any special instructions, e.g. alarm codes, heating/cooling instructions, etc.
  • Finish packing up the last of your items. Clearly label the boxes with their contents and the room they should be unloaded into in your new home. Keep a list of how many boxes and the items you are moving so you can check everything arrives at your new home.
  • Start disassembling non-essential furniture, remembering to keep detachable parts such as furniture legs, in a labelled bag tied to the furniture.
  • Book time off work if needed for your moving day and the following day.
  • Settle any outstanding bills.
  • Make a list of any special instructions the person moving into your house will need, e.g. alarm codes, heating/cooling instructions, etc.

With so much to organise on moving day, ensure everything goes smoothly by ensuring you have:

  • Finished cleaning and removing any rubbish from the house and section
  • Pack a box of essentials you will need for your first night and following day, e.g. kettle, toaster and food, plus a bag of clothing and toiletries, etc.
  • Take a final electricity and water meter reading so you aren’t overcharged.
  • Before leaving you keys with the landlord or agency, do a final sweep of the house checking storage cupboards and sheds to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.
  • At your new home, check that everything is in working order and meets the terms of your rental or purchase agreement. If moving into a rental property then make a note (and take photographs) of any existing damage and pass this on to your landlord so you don’t lose your rental bond when you move out.
  • Take a reading of the electricity, gas and water meters at your new property.
  • Check for any damage to items as you unpack.
  • If you can, recycle any used moving boxes and packaging.
  • Finally, open a bottle of bubbly, celebrate your successful move and start enjoying your new home.